Welcome to the School of History

With over fifty full time members of staff researching and teaching on European, American and Asian history from the dawn of the Middle Ages to the present day, the School of History at the University of St Andrews has one of the finest faculty and diverse teaching programmes of any School of History in the English speaking world. The School boasts expertise in Mediaeval and Modern History, from Scotland to Byzantium and the Americas to the Middle East and South Asia.Thematic interests include religious history, urban history, transnationalism, historiography and nationalism. The School of History prides itself on small group teaching and tutorials allowing for in depth study and supervision tailored to secure the best from each student. Cutting edge research combined with teaching excellence offer a dynamic and intellectually stimulating environment for the study of History.

For a full list staff and their areas of expertise please click here. Students are encouraged over a four year course to explore their interests before focussing in the final two years on specialist pathways. For our range of Undergraduate course please see here. We also offer a wide range of programmes at postgraduate level from Environmental History to the History of the Book. For the full range of our programmes see here.


Like us on facebook
Follow us on twitter
View our blog
Prospective Undergraduates Prospective Postgraduates Current Undergraduates Current Postgraduates

For all of our latest research, teaching and student news and events, please visit our School of History blog by clicking here


History Honours Advising 2018/19 - Advising Timetable

Please check the following link for important information about Honours Advising for the 2018/19 Academic session. The information is also available as a PDF download

Rees Davies Prize awarded to Ashley Atkins.

Ashley Atkins completed the MLitt in Scottish Historical Studies in the School of History, University of St Andrews in 2015/16. His dissertation, entitled, 'The authorship, function, and ideological origins of the Claim of Right of 1989', has been awarded the Royal Historical Society's Rees Davies Prize for the best Masters dissertation submitted by a UK institution of higher education. The School of History extends its congratulations to Ashley for this outstanding achievement.


Professor Carole Hillenbrand awarded CBE

Congratulations to Carole Hillenbrand, Professorial Fellow in Islamic History, who has been recognised with a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the understanding of Islamic History . The awards have been given as part of celebrations marking HRH The Queen’s 92nd birthday.



News Archive >>


Medieval History Postgraduate Seminar Series
Wed, 19 Sept
Welcome Introduction
5.15 pm, New Seminar Room, St John's House

Institute of Scottish Historical Research
Thurs, 20 Sept
Dr Mary-Anne Constantine
(University of Wales)
'The Many Voices of Thomas Pennant: Writing Travel in Late 18th Century Britain'
5.15 pm, New Seminar Room, St John's House

Mediaeval Studies
Mon, 24 Sept
Margaret Connolly and Rachel Hart (St Andrews)
Book production and circulation in late medieval Scotland: Robert Ewyn and the St Andrews manuscript of Regiam Maiestatem
5.15 pm,
Parliament Hall, South Street

Late Modern History
Mon, 24 September
Michael Bentley (Oxford)

Children of Light: another glance at Enlightenment historiography
5.15 pm, Room 1.10, St Katharine's Lodge

Insitute of Legal and Constitutional Research
Centre for Global Constitutionalism Lecture

Wed, 26 September
Richard Moyes

"Deciding how we are allowed to kill each other – controlling weapons in international law"
5 pm, Arts Lecture Theatre

For full information about the seminar programme please click here